PTHS Tuesday: Division, Subtraction and Addition

Part Time Hustle Struggle: Time is the answer and equation involves division, subtraction and addition.

I find that the subtraction and addition become easier to pinpoint when I become more focused, but the division gets a little tricky.

It’s easy to begin to subtract what is not important in my life as I make more and more moves to become career independent and financially free. I know what I want and I direct my energy and my TIME to it. In doing so, I subtract people who fall in one of these categories:

  • Negatively critical – offer nothing constructive, because they have nothing going for them
  • Have nothing going for them altogether – when the goal becomes crystal clear, it becomes a chore to entertain people who aren’t on the same mental wavelength
  • Hot air balloons – people who keep offering their help but never produce any kind. Almost as if they’re waiting for you to achieve it before they believe it
  • Small dreamers – they got dreams but they’re small. And not because they’re potential is small. They just believe they deserve less or “enough”; they believe in false truths
  • Toxic people- the worst. Nothing they say is positive and nothing they do is positive. The world sucks they’re doing nothing about it, it’s not their problem

Subtracting these people is easy. Adding better quality like-minded folks, easy too, but takes time. They have to find you, you have to find them. Work is involved.

But when the clutter is cleared and we’ve aligned ourselves with the right people, dividing our time is the biggest x variable I know. Yes, I believe in doing only what serves me. But that includes maintaining and building relationships. Improving my health and wellness. Increasing my business/ my bottom line. Saving more. Earning more. Making smarter investments. And all they while holding down a full time job. And God forbidden the other life occurrences that love to surprise me.

Hats off to the people who have kids and do this, because I’m still trying to make it work.

I think that the biggest part time hustle struggle is how to best divide your time to live and grow the life you want.

Side Hustlin’ Sunday: Licenses and Certificates

I never thought I’d be the type of person who would chase after certifications and licenses as a way to earn extra money outside of my 9-5. Don’t get me wrong, I know that the more education someone has and the higher their degree goes, the better positioned they are for negotiating their desired salary. Like, a ‘duh!’

But how many people would a course or two or however many were needed to get a license or a certification to earn extra money? Which, I guess could be argued as being the same as earning ‘more money’. But I’m not talking about earning ‘more money’ as a W-2 holder, but rather as a freelancer. An independent contractor. Dammit, a hustler.

Who here is willing to spend the time and money on themselves for themselves, not for an employer? Not to look good to another employer, or look more appealing to your current employer or because an employer asked/commanded of you. Just for you to add to you wealth toolbelt.

I have a notary commission/license. Earned it last year. Been putting it to work and earning back the 18 hours of training that went into it and the $306 investment I made for it. I’ve reaching out and networking, putting myself out there on a daily basis. Because my success matters to me.

How many people are ready to stop being C students and are ready to go for As and A+s in their own professional journies?

Thursday Thought’s: Side Hustle vs. Use of Time

First and foremost, let’s welcome in March!  It’s the top of the bottom of the first quarter of the year (I said that to deliberately confuse you). We are blowing through these months in 2018, aren’t we?  My mom was right.  As you get older, time just seems to speed up.

SLOW DOWN, 2018!  I’m trying to enjoy the year. I have plans!

Side hustling plans, obviously.  Speaking of side hustle, I had a short enough conversation with a coworker on the way down in the elevator one day leaving work realizing something interesting about how single people and “our time” are viewed.  My coworker had asked what was in the heavy bag I was carrying as we left work and I explained to her it was a project I had finished for a real estate client and I was dropping it off to them.  And then she tilted her head as if to say ‘what’.  I then quickly stated that I do work “on the side”.  And she then replied, “Oh.”  Oh.  Oh, as in, how wonderful it was that I really didn’t spend all my single free time do absolutely nothing.  [frowns face].  But if I wanted to, I surely be entitled to it.  After all, it is my time.

Now, this coworker of mine is my age, recently turned 33, acts a little older. But that’s because she has two young kids, her oldest is 3 and her youngest is 17 months.  She’s married to man who seems to constantly be in between jobs, so her salary supports all four of them.  And she commutes from Palmdale to LA five days a week for work.  Her plate is full, to say the least.  And for someone whose plate is so full to look at me, a person whose plate isn’t as full — oh, so she may think — and to know I do more with my time than just come to work almost validated my existence.  Again, the assumption that single people are lucky and have it easy.

I so do not agree with that, but I’m also a side hustler who keeps her plate full by choice.

Her validation of my “extra-curricular activity” wasn’t made because of the activity itself, but because I actually had one.  I was doing more with my time than Netflixing.  Forget the fact I am on path to position myself to be self employed.  I’m doing more than what I need to with my life.

Over it.  So over it.

Now, I like this coworker, but I will be damned before I apologize for my life choices or hers.  To each their own.  And I made this decision years ago that success would be a priority in my life.  A good friend of mine used to tell me all the time, ‘the more you have, the more you have to give’.  Damn straight!

I don’t want to be like everyone else.  I don’t want to content with mediocrity and the hum-drum of every day life  Low or status quo expectations are not for me.  I want more because I need it.  I need to know that when I leave this earth that I used every ounce of potential that was gifted to me.  I need to know I tried every avenue to live the life I see for myself in my head.  That doesn’t include kids before I’m ready.  Or a deadbeat husband.  Or even average friends.

So, yes.  I spend my time doing bigger better things (within my limited scope and reach) because I want bigger better things for myself.  That is the declaration I made to myself for myself.

To all side hustlers out there, you are validated in every thing you do, not because of the expectations that are placed you on and you exceeded them.  But because of you and all efforts.  You could have given up.  You could have realized “this” isn’t working and settled for what you have right now, hoping it might get better on its own.  But, no.  You decided to make it better with your own two hands.

You are the shit.  In case you needed reminding.

Side Hustlin’ Sunday: Mock Juror

I stumbled upon this side hustlin’ opportunity on The Penny Hoarder.  If you haven’t subscribed to them yet, I recommend that you do.  I’m a subscriber and I read their newsletters religiously.  Now, everything in it may not apply to me… and that’s okay.  I still read it, tho’.

And when I found this treasure of an opportunity, I had to re-share (since they had already shared it).  Become on online Mock Juror.  Doesn’t that sound like fun?  Well, it sounded like fun to me.   There are a couple of sites you can visit and sign up to become a mock juror.  The I signed up at JuryTest.net.  You fill out a form with the usual basic info, then a demographic questionnaire and then receive a confirmation email from them letting you know you’ve been added their system as a mock juror.  Their email states you will be notified as soon there in a case in your area/opportunity.   I will say that living in Los Angeles I don’t expect to wait too long.  I know our names means “The Angels”, but I also don’t kid myself.

The site is upfront with the expected amount time case may take to review and the pay out per case.  An average case for review as a mock juror lasts between an hour and two hours.  And the payout is between $20-$50.  I don’t know about you, but even on the low end, the payout is still more than what I make per hour at my regular full time job.   But don’t let me dwell on that.

For my side hustlers, try it out with me.  Worst case scenario, we don’t get a case.  We also don’t lose any money or any investments.

Typically, I would be spending the rest of my day inside, lightly cleaning, some meal prepping for the week, but I have to meet a client in an hour in Beverly Hills at a Coffee Bean and Teal Leaf.  And I’m likely to be there for a few hours, so to the rest you, enjoy your Sunday and getting ready for the week ahead!

Happy Hustlin’!